State concealed-carry laws fall into 4 categories
Associated Press December 16, 2012 4:30PM
Illinois is the last state in the U.S. that bans the concealed carry of weapons in public, but a federal appeals court last week ruled it unconstitutional and ordered lawmakers to write a new law allowing it.
Concealed carry laws fall into four categories, according to gun-control advocates.
† States where no permit is required for carrying concealed weapons: Alaska, Arizona, Vermont and Wyoming.
† States that may issue concealed-carry permits if law enforcement officials approve: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island.
† States required to issue concealed-carry permits if applicants meet certain criteria: Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
† State where carrying concealed weapons is prohibited: Illinois.
Source: The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.